VANCOUVER, B.C. —The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes today’s announcement by Canada’s Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne, of a Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“Today’s announcement is very good news for Canada’s international trading relationships, and for the province of British Columbia,” said Iain Black, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. “As Canada’s Pacific Gateway, and as the province with the most diversified export economy in the country, this is particularly welcome news for the businesses and workers in the Greater Vancouver region whose livelihoods depend on trade in goods and services.”
Mr. Black continued, “Against the backdrop of tense NAFTA negotiations in Montreal this week, proceeding with a multilateral trade agreement that retains the majority of the terms negotiated for the TPP assures that Canada’s exporters will have new avenues to pursue diversified markets around the Asia-Pacific.”
About the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade:
Since its inception in 1887, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Pacific Canada's leading business association, engaging members to impact public policy at all levels of government and to succeed and prosper in the global economy. With a Membership whose employees comprise one-third of B.C.'s workforce, we are the largest business association between Victoria and Toronto. We leverage this collective strength, facilitating networking opportunities, and providing professional development through four unique Signature Programs. In addition, we operate one of the largest events programs in the country, providing a platform for national and international thought leaders to enlighten B.C.'s business leaders.